A movie about native American Indians based on a story by an actual native American Indian; Sherman Alexie.
By watching Alexie’s interview by Bill Moyers first I got a better understanding about the Indian culture, and traits that Alexie then added in the movie, such as alcoholism.
The movie was cosy and must have been low budget based as its very simply done, even if it was back and forth scenes between the past and present.
Taken place mainly on the reservation we again see a beautiful nature…reminds me of how sad it is that our culture & society neglects it, its sad that we don’t appreciate the nature around us.
(f.l Thomas & Victor, screenshot from movie)
Victor and Thomas is the main characters in the movie, childhood friends with inconveniences here and there.
Victor may have had the slightly bigger role, however I paid more attention to Thomas, I love that he was true to himself & his culture/heritage. It may sound stereotypical but he was portrayed as how I expected an Indian to be. In a good way (!!)
I do not mean to stereotype anyone or negatively call someone out, the complete opposite… I love the humans differences and I believe it something we should embrace and learn from… Its a good thing that we’re not all the same because how boring would our lives be?
We need to question our beliefs and get other point of views to become better people ourselves.
(Sherman Alexie – picture from Bill Moyers interview)
Back to the interview between Alexie & Moyers, I could really relate to certain aspects of Alexie’s life, as he mention fitting in and not fitting in… born an Indian but looking like a mixed “race” (yes quote marks as we all are of the human “race”). I myself is of mixed heritage and although I am consider white in America back in Sweden with my dark features I was often asked where I came from… I like Alexie can also make conversations from both sides of the table so to speak.. however being able to “fit in” here and there have had an opposite effect on me, i don’t feel like I fit in… anywhere…
One usually fit in with people with same culture, values&beliefs, religion and or other similarities.. I’m considering myself an atheist white/latina woman..I like to have a “hippie” mindset where peace is the main focus. Free spirit people are a rare breed in a capitalistic world and maybe that why I feel so lonely?